Debra Martin

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Debra L. Martin

Distinguished Professor



Debra L. Martin is an expert in human osteology and bioarchaeology, which involves the analysis of skeletonized human remains from archaeological as well as historic and contemporary settings. She conducts research in the areas of nonlethal violence and inequality, gender differences and paleopathology, and the bioarchaeology of human experience with a focus on groups living in risky and challenging desert environments. She is on the editorial board of the journal Landscapes of Violence and is also the editor for Bioarchaeology and Social Theory series, Springer. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and an associate editor for the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. Her recent publications include co-editing Bioarchaeology of Violence (UPF) and Bioarchaeological and Forensic Perspectives on Violence (Cambridge) as well as co-authoring Bioarchaeology of Climate Change and Violence (Springer). 


Ph.D. : University of Massachusetts, 1983

Research Interests

Biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, skeletal biology, violence and trauma, diet and health, US Southwest, Mexico, Arabia.

Mentoring Topics

Strategic planning for your promotion/tenure reviews, research presentation coach, seeking and administering external grants, publishing strategies, recruiting and working with grad students, Mentoring Group for tenure-stream faculty (advisor)